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Old 12-04-2011, 03:05 AM   #1921
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:54 AM   #1922
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Just finished reading this book a few weeks ago
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:34 AM   #1923
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Has anyone read Shaqs new book? I kind of wanted to read it and was wondering if it was any good.
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:08 PM   #1924
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Completely forgot about this thread.

Anyways, right now I'm kind of in American history mode. In the last month or so finished "the fiery trial: lincoln & slavery", "american lion: andrew jackson" and "how the other half lives". Looking for couple of new books related to American history (preferably between 1800-1900), so help me out American brahs. I never really took American history formally in school (not required here) so any essential reads I should make sure not to skip?
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:11 PM   #1925
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Completely forgot about this thread.

Anyways, right now I'm kind of in American history mode. In the last month or so finished "the fiery trial: lincoln & slavery", "american lion: andrew jackson" and "how the other half lives". Looking for couple of new books related to American history (preferably between 1800-1900), so help me out American brahs. I never really took American history formally in school (not required here) so any essential reads I should make sure not to skip?

Edmund Morris wrote a 3 book series on Teddy Roosevelt that I've heard is really good.
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:31 AM   #1926
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Was doing some shopping on elitefts and they had this e-book on sale for a dollar so I figured, "why not?" Its about as intellectual a book you'd expect from a powerlifter, but he does give some great advice on how to approach every day in the gym and how to connect with what you do every day. The mind is a very powerful tool when it comes to lifting.
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:34 AM   #1927
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ATM on part where they scam the Dawson town to buy the worthless land. I can see why it's a classic, but some aspects are completely uncovered/unexplained. A mystery to me, maybe common sense for the people of their times. For example the indian guy who repeatedly refused to aid starving group of ..also indians, or the the guy who shot Smoke and other guy (Smoke got blamed for that). Just no explanation after the story, and I have no clue. Good read though, I like reading/imagining the older times.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:01 AM   #1928
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I finished reading Slaughterhouse Five a few days back.
It's a novel written by Kurt Vonnegut about a man named Billy Pilgrim, who witnessed possibly the largest massacre in human history during WWII in Dresden, where he was held as a war prisoner.
Billy Pilgrim travels through time. He knows everything that has happened in his life, such as him being abducted by aliens, and everything that will happen, but he can't change anything. He comes to the realization that free will doesn't exist.
Vonnegut adds humor in this novel, which makes it a great read because the humor takes away from some of the real-life tension you know was present during WWII.
If you've never read this novel, you should. It's honestly a great story.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:06 AM   #1929
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I finished reading Slaughterhouse Five a few days back.
It's a novel written by Kurt Vonnegut about a man named Billy Pilgrim, who witnessed possibly the largest massacre in human history during WWII in Dresden, where he was held as a war prisoner.
Billy Pilgrim travels through time. He knows everything that has happened in his life, such as him being abducted by aliens, and everything that will happen, but he can't change anything. He comes to the realization that free will doesn't exist.
Vonnegut adds humor in this novel, which makes it a great read because the humor takes away from some of the real-life tension you know was present during WWII.
If you've never read this novel, you should. It's honestly a great story.

+1. A fantastic book.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:54 AM   #1930
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Great collection of articles/stories from different publications.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:17 AM   #1931
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:46 AM   #1932
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This book is more like sage words of wisdom from the Dalai Lama and not really an in depth look at Buddhism. He briefly describes the Four Noble Truths but doesn't get too technical. The most interesting part to me was his explaination of dependent origination and its consequences in Buddhist philosophy. Not great but a decent and quick read.



Really well written and interesting look at the development of American society during the 19th century. The book really focuses on the effects of post-war abundance and the possibilities that opened to society once scarcity and the struggle for survival was overcome. The author struggles to hide his personal opinions at certain points but his style is very easy to read. I particularly enjoyed reading about the 60's and 70's and the impact that Hippie counterculture had in opening American popular culture and the effects it had on business, especially in Silicon Valley. The hippie counterculture movement vs. the evangelical revival of the right wing and the impact it has had on the current political division of American politics is a large focus. I definitely recommend reading this book if any of this interests you.
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:25 PM   #1933
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Rabbit, Run - John Updike 9.5 / 10


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Old 12-14-2011, 06:38 PM   #1934
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Burro Genius - Victor Villaseņor
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:55 AM   #1935
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I just started last night something I grabbed months ago during one of my Barnes and Noble sprees.

It's called The Red Market. It's about the world of human trafficing and organ farming all over the world. It's an interesting topic, but thus far has been pretty bland and clinical. I'm about 40 pages into it, it's 180. I haven't read anything in a while, and felt like this would be an easy thing to plow through and get me back in the habit. I'm hopefull it'll get better. So far it's been mostly grave robbers in the more poverty stricken regions of India and their booming Medical Skeleton business.
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